Paul Nylin, 91, a resident of the Meth-Wick Community in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away on Dec. 28, 2017. Paul was born in Racine, Wis., to the Rev. Henry and Cecelia (Forslund) Nylin. Paul had a brother, Don, who passed away in 2013, and a brother, John, who died at infancy. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, Cedar Rapids, with Pastors Paul and Gayle Wilcox officiating. Arrangements by Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids.
As a youth, Paul lived in several central Illinois communities following his father's pastoral assignments in the United Methodist Church. He graduated from Brown County Community High School in Mount Sterling, Ill., served as a pre-aviation cadet in the U.S. Army Air Force and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
Paul married Dawn Hite in Chicago, Ill., in 1952, and they have a son, Steven (Linda) Nylin of Cedar Rapids; a daughter, Cynthia (Michael) Skopec of Traer, Iowa; and a daughter, Sue (Gary) Lovik of Atkins, Iowa.
Paul was employed by several companies in the Chicago metro area, followed by a transfer to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, by the Quaker Oats Co., and ultimately formed Barlin Controls Co., a designer and manufacturer of industrial control panels for major industries in partnership with Acme Electrical Co.
Paul was a lifelong sail boater, spending many vacations with his family on Spirit Lake in northwest Iowa. He enjoyed golfing, flight simulation and model railroading, creating an HO gauge layout in his home and later an N gauge layout in a walk-in closet at their Meth-Wick Community apartment.
Over the years. Paul and Dawn were frequent attenders at elder hostels with his brother, Don.
Paul and Dawn were charter members of three United Methodist congregations in the Chicago metro area and Paul served in many areas at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids, serving the last 10 years as membership secretary. Paul served for several years as treasurer of Sally's Gifts, a gift shop at the Meth-Wick Community.
Paul is survived by his wife, Dawn; his son and daughters; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial gifts may be made to Lovely Lane United Methodist Church.
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